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TourismBoat on Fishing Plays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

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textiles and handlooms


The Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles & Khadi Department was formed in 1985. This Department is evolving policies and schemes aimed at developing the harmonious growth of Handlooms, Power looms and Textile Sector. It is also concerned with the development of Sericulture, Khadi, Village Industries, Handicrafts and Palm Products Industry in the State. Various schemes are evolved for the welfare of weavers / artisans involved in the above industries.

  1. To bring handloom weavers in Co-operative Fold.
  2. To implement schemes of state & Central Government to weavers of Co-operative Societies
  3. To supervise the weavers Co-operative Societies
  1. Issue yarn and wages to Weaver members
  2. Implementing the state & Central Government schemes to the weavers.
  3. To Sale the cloth produced by weaver members to co-optex and public.
  4. Producing cloth for Government Schemes.

The Co-operative societies are running in the purview of Tamil Nadu Co-operative Societies Act 1983 and Rules 1988.

  1. Weavers Savings and Security Scheme
  2. Weavers Family Pension Scheme
  3. Weavers Old Age Pension Scheme
  4. Weavers Health Package Scheme
  5. Weavers construction of houses with work shed scheme.
  6. Weavers construction of work shed Scheme
  7. Scholarship for education through Dr.M.G.R. Trust.
  8. Indian Institute of Handloom Technology Scholarship for Diploma.
  9. Technical Education Through National Fashion Technology
  10. Awarding Prize to best design producing weavers.
Subsidised Schemes
  1. Rebate subsidy.
  2. Production of Low cost sarees.
  3. Free Uniform Cloth Production.
  4. Modernisation of show room.
  5. Project Package Scheme.
  6. Awarding prizes to best exporters.
  7. Interest subsidy on cash credit loans


Tamilnadu has tremendous employment opportunities in rural Industries. To tap this potential and to provide employment opportunities, the Tamilnadu Khadi and Village Industries Board was formed in April 1960 under the Tamilnadu Khadi and Village Industries Board Act, 1959.

The object of the Board is to develop the Khadi and Village Industries in rural areas in collaboration with likeminded agencies engaged in rural development work. The Board has been doing its yeomen service for the development of Khadi and Village Industries in this State particularly in rural areas for the past four decades. The Board is the authority to register Co-operative Societies formed by likeminded people under the Co-operative Societies Act to develop Khadi and Village Industries. The Board through these Co-operative Societies also promotes Khadi and Village Industries and thereby provides maximum possible level of employment opportunities to the rural artisans.

The State and Central Governments provide financial support in the form of grants to the Board for supply of bee-hives to the Rural folks and Tribals in Hill areas, for modernization of looms to weavers and other equipments, to village artisans.

Sl.No Name of the Scheme Amount assisted (Rs. in lakhs) No. of beneficiaries
1. Integrated Tribal Development Programme 562.14 8,397
2. Western Ghats Development Programme for the welfare of artisans 121.36 5,884
3. Hill Area Development Programme exclusively for the development of the artisans in and around the Nilgris district 213.36 6,107
4. Special Central Assistance for Scheduled Castes 2707.00 37,317
  1. Our commitment
    1. Offer to provide employment to the weaker sections of rural areas such as spinners and weavers; and especially for women at their door steps through 210 Rural Textile Centres and 86 Khadi production Sub-Centres spread all over Tamilnadu .
    2. Offer employment under Village Industries schemes to alleviate rural poverty by utilizing the locally available raw materials and man power through Departmental Units and Industrial Co-operatives for Cobblers, Potters, Carpenters, Black-smithy, Bee-Keepers, etc;
    3. Offer to promote the sale and marketing of Khadi and products of Village Industries or Handicrafts and bridge linkages with established marketing agencies wherever necessary and feasible;
    4. Offer requisite technical as well as training facilities to needy artisans wherever and whenever necessary;
    5. Offer special employment opportunities to the Village Industries artisans in rural areas, for which a scheme called "Margin Money Scheme" has been introduced. All interested Artisans can avail these opportunities as detailed in the list of activities ; and
    6. The Board will acknowledge complaints immediately and act on the same in a fair and free manner;
  2. Your responsibility
    In return, the Tamilnadu Khadi and Village Industries Board would expect you; -
    1. to approach the Assistant Director of Khadi and Village Industries in each District for any needed information regarding the activities of the Khadi and Village Industries for extending financial and technical guidance;
    2. to complete all necessary formalities by furnishing honest and correct information;
    3. to feel free to approach the Board whenever the need arises; and
    4. to write to the Board, if you have any suggestions or comments on this matter. Further for product details please visit our web site: www.khadikraft.com, our email address is khadi@giasmd01.vsnl.net.in

    In addition to the creation of direct employment to rural folks by the Board and its affiliated Institutions, the Board helps the individual artisans through "Margin Money Scheme" under Rural Employment Generation Programme. This assistance is provided as per the guidelines laid down by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Mumbai. There are 119 Village Industries identified by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Mumbai for eligibility for financial assistance under this scheme. The financial assistance is provided to the beneficiaries through banks. A subsidy of upto a maximum of 30% is being provided through the Board to the beneficiaries identified by the Bank from the amount provided by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission had allocated a sum of Rs.2.81 crores for 2002-2003 under Margin Money Scheme. The Board is taking all efforts to implement the scheme.

    The resources of the Board can be classified mainly under State Government budget support and Board's sales proceeds. The Government budget support is mainly in the form of rebate subsidy, staff cost grant for non trading side and grants for various schemes under Part-II schemes. In addition to this, Government also provides funds for audit fees for auditing the accounts of the Board which will be adjusted against Government receipts.

Textile Sector


    Textile Industry of Tamil Nadu is the forerunner in Industrial Development and in providing massive employment in the State. It is predominantly Spinning-oriented. The State Textile Industry has a significant presence in the National economy also. Out of 2049 large and medium textile mills in India, 893 mills are located in Tamil Nadu. Similarly, out of 996 small units in India, 792 are located in Tamil Nadu. The 893 large and medium textile mills include 18 Cooperative Spinning Mills, 17 National Textile Corporation Mills and 23 Composite Mills. The spinning capacity is 14.75 million spindles with a labour force of about 2.17 lakhs. The Textile Industry in the private sector has a very important role to play in the Industrial field, with regard to employment potential, overall economic and commercial activities. This industry enables the Central and State Government to earn revenue, besides foreign exchange through exports.


    In Tamil Nadu, there are 18 Cooperative Spinning Mills situated in various Districts, which were started between 1958 and 1985 with an object of providing un-interrupted supply of quality hank yarn to the Cooperative Handloom Weavers at reasonable rates. The installed capacity of 4.69 lakh spindles have since been downsized to 2.86 lakh spindles.